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Newton Sheriff's Office to hold two K-9 fundraisers Saturday

COVINGTON — Reports from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are that the recent K-9 fundraiser at Bell’s Grocery in Covington was a resounding success with total donations of $421.

“The Newton County Sheriff’s Office would like to give a special thanks to the community for their generous support, as well as Bell’s Grocery for being such gracious hosts for the event and donating the $100 gift certificate raffle prize that was given out,” NCSO Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison said.

Two more fundraisers are planned simultaneously for Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Walmart SuperCenter on Salem Road and the Kroger store on Ga. Highway 20. Donations of $5 will be entered into a gift certificate raffle at both locations. Two K-9 handlers and their dogs will be at each event.

All proceeds will go toward supporting the four-team NCSO K-9 Unit, comprised of Bloodhounds Jiggs, handled by Deputy James Stevens; Elvis, handled by Deputy Christopher Bowles; Pete, handled by Deputy Chad Hunt; and Belgian Malinois Sam, handled by Deputy Roddie White.

Items the unit needs include stab and ballistic vests; GPS tracking software that tracks each step of a K-9 track; a temperature monitoring and alert system that monitors the temperature inside a K-9 patrol vehicle; climate-controlled kennels; equipment for K-9 track deployment such as short and training leads; and K-9 trauma kits, which contain specific supplies needed to treat both handler and K-9 for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to insect bites.

“The NCSO K-9 Unit provides invaluable services that include illegal drug detection, tracking/locating suspects, lost victims, area searches and officer protection, as well as support,” Morrison said. “It is our goal to continue this valuable program for the community in years to come and greatly appreciate all the wonderful support that has been shown.”